DVD Release List: Brain Damage, Inc.
Behold the creeping terror making its way towards you on May 8th, 2007...
Another goddamn boring ghost story from the annals of Asia? Perhaps, but at least this one sounds like it’s got some good deaths in it. A young detective and her partner are investigating a bizarre series of deaths in which the victims seem to have had some kind of acid released into their systems. As they dig deeper, they learn that the deaths may have something to do with a murder that occurred years ago in a salt house, whatever that is. Said detective starts to be plagued by nightmares of the murder victim as the killings continue. Buy it here!
If you’re anything like me, I bet you’ve always wondered "what does make for the ultimate Internet predator?" Well, now we get to find out thanks to a new film called Backslash, a title with the double meaning of the symbol on a keyboard used for Internet addresses and, as you can see by the cover, an actual back being slashed. Brilliant! Even better is the plot, which concerns two beautiful girls cast in a slasher movie and its website (?) who are pursued by a maniac that desires fame and fortune no matter the cost. Buy it here!
Blood Rites (2007)
Directed by Joshua Moyse
A young and beautiful girl (is there anything better, I ask you?) moves with her father to the small New England town of White Cross. Even though she wants to kick back and enjoy the quiet life, the local crazies have other plans for her. She’s confronted at every turn by a new one: a blind priest who talks in riddles, young girls anxious to lose their virginity, a white figure who can pass through walls, and of course a lot of death. She has to discover the town’s secret before her death is next. Buy it here!
Directed by Timothy Friend
An interesting twist on the Cinderella story, at least in theory, the film is about a girl named Cinder (sounds pretty goth to me) whose fairy godmother is actually a voodoo god, her mom is a stripper and, to top it all off, she’s been killed. Now she only has until the stroke of midnight to get her revenge on, which I’m sure she does through all manner of sexy poses and the like. Brain Damage really needs to work on their covers, don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me, but man, some of their stuff really bugs me. Buy it here!
Directed by Ronald Jerry
Now see, this is what I’m talking about for their covers; this one's a lot more striking (ignoring the ugly-ass Brain Damage bar at the bottom of course) and sure as hell grabs the eye. The film is about a family in Kodiak, Alaska who wake up to discover that everyone else in their small town has vanished, leaving them behind to come face to face with their worst fears. Of course violence and gore come into play when said fears are stared at. Buy it here!
A ton of on-camera interviews and biographies of some of the men who made our genre great including Tod Browning, Jack Arnold and William Castle. New directors are featured as well like Dario Argento, Joe Dante, John Carpenter and more. Each segment clocks in at 30 minutes, if the information I found is accurate, giving a thorough look at the director’s work and his influence on the genre. A must-have for any genre fan who realizes that the best way to tackle the future is to understand the past. Buy it here!
Still, to this day, I don’t get the love for this movie. I saw its premiere at Fantasia a few years back, and it bored me to tears. Tears, I tell you. The film was shot in black and white on the cheap and was originally supposed to be a silent film, a gimmick that actually would have worked quite well for this movie considering its look and the poor quality of acting conveyed through ADR. The story is about a quiet, subdued nurse who becomes infected by a zombie and turns into a raging sex kitten for some reason. Sure, why not? Buy it here!
Naschy fans rejoice! A newly remastered version of one of the man’s classic films! The story follows a woman with a taste for the black arts who thinks it’d be a smashing idea to resurrect ole Countess Elizabeth Bathory to help her rule the world. All goes according to plan until the Countess learns that her old nemesis, the werewolf, has been brought back from the dead as well and focuses all her evil energy on taking him the fuck out, and I don’t mean for dinner and a movie! Check out Creepy’s DVD review of Night of the Werewolf for more! Buy it here!
Swamp Zombies (2005)
Directed by Leonard Kabinski, Jr.
Damn that federal government, always coming around at the worst possible time to muck up the secret experiments of mad scientists everywhere. Such is the case in Swamp Zombies when a doctor trying to create a serum to bring the dead back to life is inspected and has to get rid of his test subjects in a nearby swamp, not knowing if the drug will work or not. It sure does, and up come the living dead to feast on hapless victims! Check out our review of Swamp Zombies for more! Buy it here!
Though there is a storyline somewhere in there, star and writer Paul Naschy himself has said he was under the influence of something when he wrote it, which is easy to see when you sit down with the actual film. Naschy plays both an Indian mystic concerned with tranquility and peace and his twin brother, a voodoo practitioner who uses his powers to bring hot naked girls back to life to enact revenge on those who wronged him. Hell yes! Check out Creepy’s DVD review of Vengeance of the Zombies for more! Buy it here!
Just what you’ve been waiting for, kiddies! A collection of movies about women being taken hostage by jungle predators to use as white slaves! Wow! Within are Naked Amazon, a mondo documentary, the exploitation classic White Slave (duh) and the independent horror feature Sacrifice of the White Goddess. Forget everything else that’s out this week; this collection is where it’s at! You realize I’m being sarcastic, right? No angry e-mails, damnit! Buy it here!
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